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For Rand and Sarah, one thing is clear: they’re attracted to one another. Attraction can be a very good thing. Until you start questioning it. Until you ask yourself how and why it first happened. Until you ask yourself why this particular attraction seems to be staying longer than most. Until you ask yourself is this in my heart or is this in my brain. But, then again, if you don’t ask the questions, you don’t necessarily get the answers.

Rand, a software engineer and entrepreneur working on the industry’s next hot property, and Sarah, a day care working on educating America’s kids, have their lives intertwine in a little park in the heart of San Francisco’s multimedia haven.

Rand and his work partners and friends are racing against the clock to get venture capital funding for their software. Sarah is racing against her past, trying to sort it all out and achieve some kind of balance. Everything they come up against in their personal and professional lives prods them to look deeper into themselves and their relationship.

Why are men and women so different and yet, so typical? Are the stereotypes of the sexes myths fostered by the media, researchers, political consultants and behavioral scientists all looking to define people into a tight little space? Or are these behavioral stereotypes fostered by differences in chemical makeup? Do these differences make one sex more prone to love? Or more prone to creating ways to make it happen?

Rand and Sarah are going to find out just how complicated and how simple this attraction—whether it’s chemistry or chemical—can be. Dopamine is a wry, thoughtful look at a couple trying to cope with their feelings and where the hell those feeling come from.


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